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Malzahn’s message to Auburn: Let’s get physical

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If there is one thing Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would like to see out of his team this spring, it is more physical play.

“The big thing is we needed to be more physical,” Malzahn said according to a story by “As a group, we’ve got to play with great effort on both sides of the football. Our standard’s high, and so our coaches were very strict on our guys with assignments, with loafs and everything that goes with it.”

Malzahn’s comments came a few days after offensive line coach J.B. Grimes reportedly had to send a message to Auburn’s offensive linemen during a practice on Saturday. Auburn is also going through the spring with a bit of a chip on the shoulder pads. Talk about how Auburn was lucky to get to the SEC Championship Game and BCS Championship Game has not gone unnoticed at Auburn, so perhaps Malzahn is setting a tone to ensure there will be no questions about whatever the Tigers accomplish in 2014.

Auburn has two weeks of spring practices left. The defending SEC champions will play the annual spring game on Saturday, April 19.

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8 Responses to “Malzahn’s message to Auburn: Let’s get physical”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 8, 2014 4:10 PM

    Cue the Olivia Newton John jokes…

  2. jagtiger says: Apr 8, 2014 7:09 PM

    FSU was the lucky one!

  3. sportsfaninyyc says: Apr 8, 2014 7:45 PM

    Roll Tide!

  4. jimmy53 says: Apr 8, 2014 8:02 PM


    How is a birth to the Championship game after an undefeated season and a conference championship lucky?

    FSU played and beat the SEC champion on the field—and it had nothing to do with luck…

  5. thetruq says: Apr 9, 2014 9:07 AM


    You are absolutely right; they weren’t lucky. They had no trouble going undefeated to earn their title berth.But, they played in a conference that probably was no stronger than Conference USA or the Sunbelt, and they played their championship game against Duke of all teams. A Duke team that couldn’t beat the SEC’s 7th best team in their bowl game. True, they can’t control what the other teams in their conference do, but they wouldn’t have made the title game if they were in one of the other conferences.

  6. rolltide510 says: Apr 9, 2014 10:00 AM


    This isn’t 2008. The SEC was not at all impressive in 2013. The ACC is what it is, but you can’t claim the SEC champs had a harder road to follow then Florida State did, not last year.

  7. thetruq says: Apr 9, 2014 11:30 AM

    rolltide510: (can’t believe I just typed that)

    Whether the conference was great or not is not the question. We can always go back in time and find great teams and collections of teams because they are made up of players, and players are different, whether better or worse.

    The thing is the SEC was the best conference this year. To be the best, you don’t have to be great, just better than everyone else.

    With the defensive rule changes, I don’t think the SEC will every be what it used to be.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 9, 2014 11:41 AM


    I’ll definitely give FSU their due. They killed almost everyone they played, especially their tougher competition. But to say that FSU had a harder road than Auburn is a bit ludicrous…

    Combined opponent winning percentage:
    Auburn .653 (National rank #2)
    FSU .537 (National rank #57)

    Games against quality teams (8+ wins)
    Auburn: 6 (LSU, Ole Miss, A&M, UGA, Bama, Mizzou)
    FSU: 3 (Clemson, Miami, Duke)

    Games against terrible teams (8+ losses, FCS)
    Auburn: 2 (W. Carolina, Ark)
    FSU: 6 (UF, Idaho, WF, NC State, Nevada, Bethune-Cookman)

    Half of FSU’s schedule lost 8 or more games or were FCS…. Whereas half of Auburn’s schedule was against teams that won 8 or more games….

    I’m not saying by any means that Auburn is the better team, I’m just saying they had the tougher road… by far.

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